An Egyptian limestone double-sided relief fragment for Nefertiti

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Lot 150* W
An Egyptian limestone double-sided relief fragment for Nefertiti
Sold for £ 6,250 (US$ 8,131) inc. premium

Antiquities

3 Apr 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
An Egyptian limestone double-sided relief fragment for Nefertiti
An Egyptian limestone double-sided relief fragment for Nefertiti
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, circa 1353-1336 B.C.
In the form of a block of rectangular cross-section, from the 'River Temple' of Akhenaten, one side inscribed in sunken relief with two vertical columns of text, the left reading 'in his lifetime, given life', the right reading 'chief royal wife, his beloved mistress' the other side with the remains of a pair of cartouches for Queen Nefertiti, 8¾in (22.2cm) x 8¼in (21cm) x 7¾in (20cm), mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Claude Harkins Collection, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, acquired in the early 1970s.
    Archaeological Institute of America in St Louis, received from the Egyptian Exploration Society in the 1920s.
    The block was excavated during the 1922 season of the Egyptian Exploration Society under the direction of Sir Leonard Woolley along with numerous other fragments from the inner room of Akhenaten's River Temple. The block is mostly likely part of a wall, the inscriptions on either side.

    Published:
    T. Peet & C. Leonard Woolley, The City of Akhenaten Part: I Excavations of 1921 - 1922 at El'Amarneh, Oxford, 1923, pl. XLIII, figs 1 & 5. The recipient is listed as the Archaeological Institute of America in St Louis.

    Literature:
    The title of 'chief royal wife' as opposed to the more standard 'great royal wife', is unique to Nefertiti as queen.
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